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April 7, 2017

KW’s New T880S Has Traditional Looks, Surprising Turnability

A forward-set steer axle is usually a way to stretch truck’s wheelbase to meet weight-distribution laws in so-called bridge states, but the styling of Kenworth’s new vocational T880S has sparked interest from non-vocational users.

February 16, 2017

On the Spot: First Impressions of Volvo's SuperTruck

HDT editors Jim Park and Jack Roberts were the first truck editors to get the chance to drive Volvo's ultra-fuel-efficient SuperTruck for the day. Watch this video for their first impressions of the $2 million research project, an interesting blend of old and new. 

February 14, 2017

Quick Spin: Orange EV's All-Electric Terminal Tractor

It has all the performance attributes of a diesel without the maintenance and fuel costs. And it’s emissions-free, which will keep your neighbors happy.

January 23, 2017

Test Drive: Detroit's 5-Liter Street Fighter

Even in an age of ‘rightsizing,’ many fleets have been reluctant to give a 4-cylinder engine a chance. Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is about to challenge that point of view.

December 21, 2016

Quick Spin: International LT625

Quietness and driver-inspired interior amenities are the prime virtues of International’s recently introduced LT series tractor.

December 19, 2016

First Look at Detroit DD5 Medium-Duty Engine

HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes to the streets of Chicago for a first hands-on look at Detroit's new DD5 four-cylinder, 5.1L engine.

December 14, 2016

Ultimate Test Drive: Freightliner's New Cascadia Pt. 2 [Video]

In the second video of our five-part series on Freightliner's New Cascadia, equipment editor Jim Park checks out the cab area, revealing the new interior as well as the some of the technology that makes the truck safer and more fuel efficient. View Part 1 here.

December 13, 2016

Ultimate Test Drive: Freightliner's New Cascadia Pt. 1 [Video]

This five-part series examines Freightliner's New Cascadia. It's not a rework or a remake of the popular Cascadia, but a clean-page design that improves much of what made it popular. In Part 1, equipment editor Jim Park takes you on a walk-around tour of the aerodynamic enhancements that do much to improve the truck's fuel efficiency. 

November 21, 2016

Test Drive: Freightliner’s ‘New’ Cascadia

From the November Issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, equipment editor Jim Park test drives the new Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler loaded up this truck with some amazing technology and created an environment drivers will love.

September 7, 2016

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

August 23, 2016

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars'

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

August 23, 2016

Quick Spin: Crane LET2 Crew Cab Seats 4

Not all trash trucks are born alike. The model LET2 CC is a rather roomy example in a world where most refuse trucks seat two, or three in a pinch. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers his hands-on impressions.

August 2, 2016

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

August 1, 2016

Kenworth T680 Shows off Lightweight Specs

Even with a roomy sleeper, this T680 scales at just 14,200 pounds, making heavy payloads possible.

July 20, 2016

Cummins ISX15, Still Growing and Evolving After 18 Years of Service [Video]

As engine platforms go, Cummins' ISX has to be considered slightly remarkable. It survived the transition to EGR and then to SCR aftertreatment -- while several other engines did not -- and it's still very much alive and kicking today.

June 23, 2016

Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

May 20, 2016

Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

May 1, 2016

Titan XD Gas: Another Choice in Nissan's New Category

Like the diesel version shown off last December, the gasoline truck's capabilities lie between traditional half- and three-quarter-tonners. Senior Editor Tom Berg has first driving impressions.

April 25, 2016

Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

March 28, 2016

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

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